Press Release UNC

Dated Tadubi, March 15, 2010

A CONSULTATIVE MEETING of the Mao and Poumai Naga Frontal Organisations, village Chiefs/Headmen/Chairmen was held at Community Hall, Tadubi on 15th March 2010 on “PEACE AND PEOPLES’ RIGHTS” under the aegis of the United Naga Council.

The Consultative meeting was attended by Mao and Poumai Village Chiefs/Headmen/Chairmen, frontal organizations representing the Mao Council, Poumai Masou Me, Mao Naga Women’s Welfare Association, Poumai Natomai Me, Mao Students’ Union, Poumai Tsudoumai Me, Senapati District Chief Association, Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights, Naga Women’s Union Manipur, All Naga Students’ Association, Manipur, United Naga Council and several public leaders and village authority members.

The Consultation had an extensive review on the status of the “Indo-Naga Peace Talk” and after a thorough deliberation the President of the Senapati District Chief Association proposed a Declaration of the Mao & Poumai Village Chiefs/Headmen/Chairmen and was unanimously adopted by appending the Declaration by the concerned village Chiefs/Headmen/Chairmen.

We the undersigned Chiefs/Headmen/Chairmen of the under mentioned name of villages, as the custodian of our land, resources, administration and with the mandate of the entire population of our respective Poumai & Mao villages, under the present Senapati District, Manipur on this 15th day of March, 2010 at Tadubi, hereby declare the followings on the Indo-Naga Peace talk which is underway at Delhi, India.

1. That, we reiterate our support and endorsement to the collective leadership of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim to have a political dialogue with the Government of India for a negotiated settlement to the Protracted Indo-Naga Conflict.
2. That, as the custodian of our custom and tradition, we will preserve and defend our identity, land and history at all cost and our firm political stand is to uphold the aspiration of the Naga people for integration of all Naga areas under one administrative roof and that this must be an integral component of the final negotiated settlement. That, for any settlement which excludes unification of Naga territories will not be honourable nor bring lasting peace.
3. That, it is our expectation that, the Government of India would sincerely demonstrate its political will to resolve the protracted Indo-Naga conflict through the Peace Process underway since the last 12 years for an acceptable and honourable settlement to both India & the Nagas.

The meeting further had an extensive discussion on Forest Act 1927; The Manipur (Hill Areas) Village Authority Act. 1956, MLR&LR Act. and other Imposed legislations, policy & program that threatens the rights of the people with special reference to The Manipur (Hill Areas) District Councils (3rd Amendment) Act 2008; etc

After a thorough deliberation, the Meeting unanimously adopted the following decisions:
1. That, the Manipur (Hill Areas) District Council Act 1971 and the Amended Act 2008 be rejected in its present form and content, as the said Act does not protect and safeguard the rights of the people .
2. That the Meeting reiterated to urge the Hill Areas Committee to immediately defer the enforcement of the Act.
3. That, the elected representatives should be urged to review the Act.

Issued by:

Mao Council & Poumai Masou Me

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